Toddler Program

Our toddler program serves children ages 2-3 years old, depending on their development stage. Our age range however, does not affect the child’s ability to move up in programs based upon their mastery of all areas in their current program.

Our beautiful Montessori classrooms and materials aid in the child’s desire for knowledge and growing independence. Toddlers enjoy freedom of movement and choice to explore the specially prepared environment that is characterized by order, simplicity, and beauty. In the toddler program, practical life activities are particularly emphasized as they give children the chance to develop skills to care for themselves and the environment.

The goals for our toddler community are: to help the children work by themselves and with each other, to promote independence and language acquisition, and to emphasize respect for the environment, self and others. The Montessori classroom also allows the children to experience music, stories and art while promoting large and small motor development. Along the way, we help your child to succeed in toilet training. Smiles and hugs are part of our everyday activities, too!

Dr. Montessori found that during toddler years, a young child has a distinct aptitude for learning certain things:
  • Sensitive to order – we build on that importance to create good habits that last a lifetime.
  • Absorb language from their surroundings – learning big words effortlessly and with pleasure – and they become happier learning words to express their desires, rather than crying or having tantrums.
  • Willing & independent – we guide them in learning to do things by themselves, this develops their awareness of self-efficiency.

The following areas of learning in our Montessori environment are designed to satisfy the needs of a young child’s sensitive periods of order, independence, concentration, coordination, and exploration.

Practical Life

Exercises such as pouring, spooning, dusting, buttoning, zipping, and table setting are introduced early, providing opportunities for children to care for themselves and their environment. Lessons of grace and courtesy are practiced daily to help toddlers learn about sharing and how to be considerate of others.

The children care for the outside environment through gardening activities such as planting, digging, raking, and watering.

Aids to Independence

These exercises help the child gain independence and develop the powers of focus and concentration, along with fine and gross motor movement.

Sensorial

Toddlers learn very effectively through their senses. Our materials and activities stimulate sensory discovery and description, while exploiting the child’s natural desire to explore, classify, and order their surroundings. Some of these activities include: knobbed cylinders, puzzles, stacking exercises, and matching by shape, size, color, and texture.

Language

Toddlerhood is a sensitive period for language. The toddler classroom has many creative and unique materials that aid the child to expand their growing language skills. Sandpaper letters help the child learn the phonetics of the alphabet. By participating in conversations, listening to stories, classifying objects, and learning songs and poems, they nurture their budding language

Math

The toddler uses hands-on materials for learning concrete math concepts. He is introduced to numerals 1-10, quantities, symbols, and the meaning of zero.

Art

Toddlers experiment with many different art mediums to express creativity and to develop fine motor skills. Language skills are further enforced through the child’s description of the art and its personal meaning.

Music

Children acquire new languages most naturally at this age. During the infant and toddler phase of brain development, music is another “language” that stimulates mathematical ability and promotes vocabulary acquisition and speaking skills. Music is played throughout the day. Children learn new songs, old favorites, and play instruments.

Preschool Program

Our preschool program serves children ages 3-5 years old, depending on their development stage. Our age range however, does not affect the child’s ability to move up in programs based upon their mastery of all areas in their current program.

Our preschool program serves children ages 3-5 years old, depending on their development stage. Our age range however, does not affect the child’s ability to move up in programs based upon their mastery of all areas in their current program.

Dr. Montessori described the classroom as a “graceful living space,” a prepared environment carefully designed to offer beauty, order and reality to the child. Montessori teaching materials: cubes, spheres, cylinders, bells, cards and counters, golden beads, prisms, sandpaper letters, movable alphabets and puzzle maps, appeal to all the senses. These unique materials help your child understand what is learned – by associating an abstract concept with a concrete sensorial experience. Hands and mind work together – doing rather than merely observing. Children are free to move about the classroom and choose work that is of interest to them. Our teachers are specially trained to guide each child individually through the curriculum. Each child’s progress is monitored daily. Our curriculum includes: practical life activities, sensorial materials, cultural activities, language and communication, and mathematics.

Practical Life

Children instinctively seek to care for themselves, their homes, and their natural environments. They want to feed themselves, sweep the floor, rake leaves and pour milk into their cup. What Dr. Montessori called “Practical Life” is a valuable component of the South Bay Montessori Preschool program. Children practice simple dressing exercises, cutting fruits and peeling vegetables. They help prepare and serve the morning snack. They plant and tend vegetables and flowers in the school’s garden, water and care for the class plants, and arrange fresh flowers. Through these activities, children develop coordination as well as self-reliance.

Sensorial Awareness

Sensorial materials isolate a defining quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, sound, temperature or smell, encouraging children to distinguish, organize and describe their experiences and impressions.

Mathematics

Montessori math materials enable children to understand concepts through concrete explorations. Once the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are familiar, the child is ready to work with fractions, elements of geometry and algebra, and problem solving on paper.

Language Arts

A phonetic approach to reading begins with sandpaper letters to identify sounds and shapes, and to trace letters, training the muscles needed for writing. With the movable alphabet, children construct words, phrases, sentences and stories in preparation for written expression.

Cultural Arts

Cultural exercises expose the child to geography, history, physical, and life science basics. The children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, foods, languages, and wildlife. Through multicultural studies we lay a foundation of mutual understanding and tolerance. Music, art, foreign language, and physical education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum.

Kindergarten Program

Our kindergarten program serves children ages 5-6 years old. Our school prepares students who will be prepared for 1st grade whether they attend private elementary school or LAUSD.

By the age of 5, a child is ready to understand many things in the abstract, and to organize knowledge in a personal way. From the child’s direct experience with concrete materials comes understanding. Out of understanding comes abstraction and deduction. In our kindergarten program, children focus and excel in the joy of learning and are encouraged to reach their full potential. The Montessori curriculum includes:
  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • History
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Music
  • Practical Life Exercises
  • Sensorial
  • Cultural Studies

With primary basics, children develop greater fluency and understanding in reading, writing and math. At our school, the Montessori child experiences it all – individual learning, social interaction and a oneness with the natural

Summer Camp Program

Granada Hills Montessori’s dynamic summer camp program provides children ages 2-6 years old with fun opportunities to explore, create, and enjoy the wonders of the season. Each monthly session provides a unique thematic so children can experience a variety of topics in-depth. Although we are a year round school, we do integrate our summer program for the months of June-August.

At Granada Hills Montessori, the exploration of the world becomes a fun and fascinating journey. Campers enjoy weekly themes such as gardening, drama and music, hands-on science, culinary and art with weekly water activities. Even the toddlers enjoy in-house field trip, weekly themes and water play Fridays!

Our annual summer camp calendar/program will be posted during the month of May, each year.